What happens during a tonic-clonic seizure?

What happens during a tonic-clonic seizure?

What happens during a tonic-clonic seizure?

When the tonic-clonic seizure begins, the person loses consciousness and may fall. Strong tonic spasms of the muscles can force air out of the lungs, resulting in a cry or moan, even though the person is not aware of their surroundings. There may be saliva or foam coming from the mouth.

What helps tonic-clonic seizures?

What to Do During the Seizure

  • STAY with the person. Stay calm.
  • Keep the person SAFE.
  • Turn the person onto one SIDE with the head and mouth angled toward the ground.
  • Do not try to take out contact lenses.
  • Do not hold the person down.
  • Do not put any object in the person’s mouth.

What to do if someone has a tonic-clonic seizure?

For someone having a generalized tonic-clonic seizure: Give them room. Keep other people back. Clear hard or sharp objects, like glasses and furniture, away.

What do you do after a tonic-clonic seizure?

Keep the person SAFE. Help the person lie down, and place something soft under the head and neck. Keep the person (especially the head) away from sharp or hard objects, such as the corner of a table. Loosen all tight clothing.

What should you not do during tonic-clonic seizure?

Do not hold the person down. You may injure the person or get injured yourself. Do not put any object in the person’s mouth. The tongue cannot be swallowed during a seizure, yet you could get hurt.

When do tonic-clonic seizures occur?

The generalized tonic-clonic seizures begin between 5 and 40 years of age. In 8 out of 10 people, it starts in teens and young adults between the ages of 11 and 23 years old. A family history of epilepsy is common in 2 out of 10 people.

Do tonic clonic seizures cause brain damage?

Usually, a seizure does not cause any lasting damage to the brain. However, having many seizures, or having seizures that are particularly severe, may cause a person to become more forgetful or find it difficult to concentrate. People with epilepsy have an increased risk of developing depression.